After concluding their third year helping with the KEF An Evening of Fine Arts fundraiser the KEF wanted to show their gratitude with a recent donation to the theatre program. Tracy Snipstead is pictured with KMS choir students.
Kalispell Middle School
KMS teacher Cheryl Russell ended the year with a special “Dance Madness” activity with students in the KMS gym with 42 pairs of kids shaking and fist pumping to the beat. Link to video below:
The KEF began announcing recipients for this year’s Great Opportunities Grants this week by visiting teacher’s on site with certificate’s of recognition for their projects. Continuing a tradition of partnering with community businesses for supporting submitted projects, the KEF joined KMS teacher Paul Holmgren at Cabela’s in Kalispell to recognize the donation of 20 vices for the Fly Tying for Fun on the Fly. Working with valued partners like Cabela’s has allowed the KEF to recognize more projects and spread the word on the great things happening in our local schools.
Rebecca Vance’s story, literally, attracted the attention of the KEF board after she appeared in local press and presented to a local Rotary Luncheon. A student at Kalispell Middle School, her teacher, Camille Deitz, noticed Rebecca’s talent for writing and entered her in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This competition is over 90 years old and has included such past notable winners as Sylvia Plath and Truman Capote. Rebecca won the Gold Key award regionally, before winning a Silver Key nationally with the hope of making the awards ceremony in NYC at Carnegie Hall in early June. KEF Director Mike Kofford proudly presented Rebecca and her parents a check for $500 at the May Board of Trustees meeting to help her with travel expenses. We are thrilled to help this young, blossoming writer.